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NFCC reinforces its positions on sprinklers

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has reinforced its position in retro-fitting sprinklers in high rise buildings.

According to the NFCC, sprinklers are the most effective way to ensure that fires are suppressed or even extinguished before the fire service can arrive. They save lives, reduce injuries, protect firefighters and reduce the amount of damage to both property and the environment from fire.

NFCC and the National  Fire Sprinkler Network (NFSN) have worked together to investigate the effectiveness and reliability of sprinkler systems. This work showed that sprinkler systems operate on 94% of occasions, demonstrating very high reliability. The report also showed when sprinklers do operate, they extinguish or contain the fire on 99% of occasions, meaning they are very effective.

 The research also found that in both converted and purpose built flats that sprinklers are 100% effective in controlling fires. NFCC believes sprinklers are an effective part of an overall fire safety solution. It also believes they can be used efficiently to improve fire safety in a range of new and existing buildings.

With regard to retro-fitting, NFCC supports the concept of risk assessed retro fitting in existing buildings. It would also welcome the prioritisation of a  review of the Building Regulations (Approved Document B) to  ensure fire safety requirements keep pace with new building developments.

This formed part of the submission to the Hackitt Review which is looking at current building regulations and fire safety, with a focus on high rise residential buildings. It will report jointly to the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and the Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

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